It was the same approach Muir adopted in the 1500m final at last summer's Olympic Games in Rio. The Scot pushed the pace with two laps to go but then faded to seventh.
By contrast, the USA's Jenny Simpson stuck with the pack and coasted down the home straight to take bronze. But Muir has no regrets.
She says: 'I would approach it the same way, definitely, because I would rather lose a medal than come third and think, 'I could have won that race'.
'I could have held back and gone for bronze but, if I did, gold would definitely have gone. So, yes, I did everything I could to win the race. That's what I do.'